Happy Friday! Today I’m resuming one of my favorite series “Q&A Friday” where I’m answering some of the most frequently asked questions from you. My favorite part about blogging is getting to connect with so many of you. If you have any questions you’d like answered, please email Questions@MiaMiaMine.com. Keep scrolling for this week’s questions.
These denim heels are one of my favorite recent finds and they’re under $50!
This week’s questions:
1. How do you stay so fit/thin?
I am planning on doing a series on health and fitness very soon! I honestly struggled with my weight growing up (as most girls do) and it wasn’t until I stopped being so restrictive and focusing so much on it that I finally fell into what feels like the best weight range for my body type. I’ve been 20 pounds heavier than I am now and 10 pounds lighter so clearly my weight has fluctuated a lot. I’ve been in the same weight range for about four years now and I feel the best I’ve ever felt. I’ll touch on this topic more, but my main motto is portion control. I eat anything I want (I have a major sweet tooth and fried food is my favorite kind), but I don’t eat huge portions of anything. And for me it’s 90% what I eat and 10% diet when it comes to losing weight. I do work out, but nothing crazy. More on that topic later…
2. What makeup brushes you use?
Shopping for makeup brushes is overwhelming to me. I’ve stuck with many of the same ones for years (be sure to wash them regularly, of course), but there are a few newer ones that I’m not sure how I lived without. For liquid foundation, this one is my favorite. The brushes I use for concealer are actually super old and no longer available, but I love this set which has comparable brush sizes and Sigma makes some of the best brushes out there! I love this one for contouring and this one is super similar to the one I use for blush. For eye makeup, I use this one for my base, this one for my eyeshadow and this one for my crease. I use this one to fill in my eyebrows (it’s actually an eyeliner brush, but works great). I keep this one in my handbag for powder touch-ups.
3. What is your favorite designer handbag that you own?
I actually did a YouTube video talking all about my favorite bags (here). My Chanel is my favorite for sentimental reasons, but I really love them all. I’ve been using my Gucci Dionysus and Marmont bags the most lately. I just added this Chloe Nile bag to my collection and I have a feeling I’ll be using it a lot more this summer.
4. What size Gucci Marmont do you have?
I have the mini size. It fits my huge phone (iPhone 7+) as well as a compact, lipstick and money of course. Depending on what else I’m carrying I’ve even fit my mini camera in there too.
5. How often do you shoot?
We shoot 3-4 times per week depending on what type of blog content I have going on that week. I actually just shot a YouTube video where I’ll take you on a blog shoot with me. That’s coming soon so stay tuned! You can find my YouTube channel here.
6. Should I be posting on my blog every day?
Personally I prefer to post every day because it keeps me engaged too. I spend a lot of time shooting and editing photos though so if blogging isn’t your full-time job, it might not be realistic to post every day. I do recommend posting at least three times a week though.
7. Should I upgrade my website now or wait until I get more traffic?
I think you should always put your best foot forward. I invested in my blog design way before anyone really showed up to read my blog. The quote “you never get a second chance to make a great first impression” really resonates with me on this topic. You don’t have to spend a lot to have a beautiful blog either. There are a lot of really nice affordable templates out there.
8. How do I get more followers on Instagram?
I actually wrote a whole post on that (here). It continues to get tougher and tougher as more and more people enter the blogging world. My main advice is to be patient and to not compare yourself to others.
9. What camera and lenses do you use?
10. How do you get the blurred background in your photos?
That is mostly from the camera equipment we use (above). I don’t recommend adding it in after the fact. The blur from a lens creates a depth of field that really can’t be mimicked.